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seeing a meteor shower. >> nasa is weighing in saying the fire in the sky was not or rye on. what was the fire trail in the sky seen as far north at sacramento and santa cruz. george is life with the video and more information, i hope. >> reporter: a lot more information. if you didn't didn't see it in the sky all you have to do is go on google+ and people will tell what they saw streaking in the sky. you can see the meteor. many describe it as a fire ball with sparks coming off of it. witnesses saw it in their backyards. while driving in their cars they say it was relatively low to the ground, several thousand fooel feet in the air. we talked to rich and he was driving on 17 near 280 and looked out his window and saw a trail that he says was several
hundred yards long. >> well, it was a trail. everyone seen a shooting star but not one in your backyard. this is one that i expected to see an impact. it broke up before it hit the ground but i was anticipating a fire ball on the ground. it was that low. it is definitely something i won't forget anytime soon. >> rick says he knew it was not a satellite when he saw it break up in the sky. he said it is definitely a meteor. a lot of people abuzz tonight what was going on in the sky. nbc bay area news. >> amazing to see. these photos just in to our newsroom these were taken by people at the right place and time with a camera ready to go. astronomers are weighing in on the unexpected show. >> when meteors hit the earth's
atmosphere, it happens all the time, every day, every hour. bright ones like this are spectacular. they happen a number of times a year but you have to be in the right place at the right time. the direction the meteor was traveling pretty much tells us that it was not an orion. didn't look like it was coming from the constellation orion. >> let's go to the weather center. >> we were able to see it so clearly. our phones were flooded in the newsroom. >> the reason we saw it so brightly is because it was probably cooked up to 3,000 degrees fahrenheit, traveling 140,000 plus miles an hour. whether you saw the bright flash of the meteor in the sky and what inenabled us to see the show clearly is the moon was less than 10% visible at a crescent phase and clear visibility of ten miles or
better. widespread visibility of the meteor because of our warm hot weather that provided the clear skies today. we will see other meteors in the skies throughout the next few days from the orion meteor shower. the best viewing is thursday after midnight. expecting clear conditions. look southwest of the sky toward the constellation orion where we could see 50 to 70 meteors an hour. could we see one as large as what we had tonight? mother nature only knows the answer to that. you have to get up and look to the sky. >> all right. for now we will have to rely on our website. go to nbcbayarea.com for more on the meter. you can see more of the video we showed you. just search meteor on nbcbays a area.com. a simple car accident that leads to murder. that's what a family wants to know. oakland pd released this video
of butler at the wheel on december 22nd. he bumps in to a car and there's a verbal confrontation that follows. look at the men in the video. recognize them? police say they may have killed the 23-year-old. nbc bay area cheryl has a report from oakland. they are pleading with people that see the video to come forward with something. >> let me put it this way, whenever there is violence in the city of oakland, it's no secret that people are reluctant to come forward. i talked to a family member tonight who lost her family member last year and she told me tonight, what if this was your loved one. >> no one knows. >> reporter: valerie is emotional and determined to help to solve her brother's killing. she's hoping this surveillance video, just reelised by oakland police, will encourage witnesses to come forward. >> i want it to be out. i want people to see this. and they are going to be seeing
me because i'm not going to rest until these guys are off the streets. >> reporter: this video shows the two men butler is talking about. police say they are suspects than believe they killed charles butler for no reason. >> it's not just gang members who are fighting among themselves. you got innocent "people" who are murdered, targeted for no reason other than because, oh, i don't like them. >> reporter: police say the tape shows why butler was targeted. on december 22nd, 2011, he was parking his blue car in front of a store on 45th and market streets. while parking, he tapped the suspect's car. the tape shows the confrontation outside and another one inside with the alleged second suspect. >> when charles butler decided to go home, he's followed and shot. >> reporter: police say there are people out there who can help them. >> you start to wonder why. and then you start to realize the community could be so much
better. if our community, we ask them to stand up and say enough is enough. >> reporter: butler stepped forward in death. the 23-year-old college graduate and soon to be merchant seaman was an organ donor and gave life to five people at christmastime. his sister is begging witnesses to do the right thing. >> these guys are not only murderers, they are thieves. they stole my brother's life, his future. >> reporter: police are stressing tonight there are ways to give information anonymously. there's also a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this case. reporting live in oakland, cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >> brave of his sister to speak out, too. >>. the quiet community of pacifica is on edge after police found a man dead in the front yard of a home. police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the death of 24-year-old keith coffee.
he was found on the front lawn of a home on dell road just after 5:00 this morning. police say he died of injury as a result of a fight with the suspect. the suspect whose name is not being released at this time is bld being held at san mateo county jail. police call the death suspicious. if ruled the homicide it would be the city's first of the year. a shocking, twisted case in the south bay as a prominent doctor is charged with numerous drug felonies. dr. marvin bonnham is accused of writing prescriptions in exchange for cash and other drugs. investigators say he was providing drugs to minors, and also raised questions about sexual favors for drugs. the doctor's los gatos home was filled with marijuana, drug paraphernalia and several guns. his former colleagues are calling the situation a tragedy. >> i was shocked. i was astonished and saddened.
>> he was at one time a highly respected and very caring compassionate pediatrician. and for some time a naval administrator. >> also arrested was bonham's roommate. they started to check up on the doctor because his desk job involved no patients and he was writing plenty of patients. he will be arraigned tomorrow. oracle team usa is pushing forward. the team managed to salvage some of the $8 million catamaran that capsized on san francisco bay yesterday. we want to show you video of the moments right after the accident as crews rushed to the aid of 14 members of the team. luckily, amazingly, no one was injured. the wing, what is called the mast of the 72-foot catamaran was destroyed. they are working to build another one but it won't be ready until next year. the america's cup hits in 2013
and they say in the interim it will practice on a smaller, 45-foot boat. it was a long, long night for the giants. a rain delay in st. louis actually lasted longer than the game itself. the bottom line, though, the giants lost. rain and lightning interrupted the game in the seventh inning after nearly 3 1/2 hour delay they resumed the game and the giants lost 3-1. the cardinals take a 2-1 series lead. game four is tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. we have two with reporters traveling with the giants. our coverage continues later in this newscast and on the morning show. ahead, an investigative unit exposed unregulated oil fracking. the changes that are coming to california's energy industry. >> it would have been better if we done this 10, 20, 30 years ago. >> the nbc bay area steven stock gets answers from the state. a man is accused of trying to blow up the federal reserve in new york city. we will tell you how he planned to do it next.
more on the big event that got the bay area buzzing tonight. this fire ball in the night sky. good evening, i'm in the weather center and we will let you know when the best viewing is for the upcoming meteor shower. otherwise with, it was hot today. santa rosa 98. we will track changes in the seven day and let you know when the rain arrives in a few minutes. thirty-eight. schools. trouble, we all should help out. under thirty-eight they do. more a year. bucks. money for schools. every school dollar must be... spent on student learning. student wins. vote yes on thirty-eight.
mitt romney's comment about having binders full of women. lots of people outraged by that comment. we have reaction and more on how social media is driving a lot of the political narrative in this election. >> reporter: even if you didn't see last night's presidential debate you probably heard of the binders full of women comment on facebook, twitter and even you tube. social media users are guiding the dialogue in this election. >> they brought us binders full of women. >> reporter: mitt romney talks about trying to find women to hire for state positions but many women say his attempt to look supportive of women's issues bombed. >> that is scary. >> reporter: going in to the debate, romney and president obama were trying to appeal to undecided women like jacqueline madrid. >> he probably didn't mean it abrasively, but it i have kind
of gave me a sense of where his thoughts on the issue kind of are. >> reporter: she's more forgiving than most. binders full of women is now a twitter handle. there are facebook pages, even videos mocking what many are calling a belittling view. the social political media is binders and last week it was big bird. >> isn't it interesting that it is going through the public dialogue. >> this professor says the new widespread use of social media provides an instant snapshot of voter reaction, but what's trending is shifting the focus away from real issues. >> where's the economy going? where's the tax code going? where's the health care system going to be? how am i going to take care of myself, my children, my aging parents. >> reporter: facebook news feeds are full of opinions.
>> it is easy to be influenced and swayed and pressured by friends. >> reporter: not the details many voters are craving. >> not just telling me what you are going to do but how you are going to do it. >> reporter: the candidates have another chance to address voters' concerns. the last debate is on monday. flooif walnut creek, nbc bay area news. a 21-year-old terror suspect is behind bars in new york charged with trying to blow up the federal reserve in lower manhattan. officials say the man was arrested in an fbi sting after he parked a van filled with fake explosives outside of the federal reserve building. he thought the explosives were real. after trying to detonate the explosives with a cell phone he was taken in to custody. he is charged with attempting to make a weapons of mass destruction and providing support to a terrorist organization. a controversial practice is under the microscope.
an investigation uncovered widespread oil fracking in california has state regulators calling for more regulation. steven stock first broke the story. and tonight the state's top regulator answers his questions about that extraction method. he is joining us live. >> reporter: the top oil and gas administrator sat down to talk about this practice of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. he was candid. admitting that california dropped the ball when it comes to regulates and overseeing this practice and now he and other state regulators have you to change that. except for a few pieces of machinery, the process of splitting rocks deep underground with high pressure water mixed with chemicals to release natural gas or oil goes on out of sight, and until recently in california out of mind. in fact, fracking to extract oil has been quietly taking place
all over california for five decades. from kern to los angeles county, monterrey to sacramento. >> we don't have an exact number of how many wells in the state are fracture stimulated. >> you don't know? >> we don't know each individual well. >> reporter: tim cusack is the top administrator at the geo thermal resources. >> as a scientist wouldn't you want to know? it is something that you should have. >> certainly we want to know and they are willing to provide it. >> reporter: right now all of the reporting and data collecting is voluntary. >> is california behind the curve on this? >> we may be behind the curve on some of the disclosure of information but ahead of the curve on construction. >> reporter: california state law requires strict monitoring, reporting and regulating any oil well construction, but it doesn't require the same for fracking, not even a permit.
>> end fracking now! >> reporter: fracking is a technique that raised serious health concerns in communities all over the country where it is used to mine natural gas. in some communities, drinking water has even caught fire from the high levels of fracking chemicals that have seeped in it to. last year the oil and gas industry here in california voluntarily reported 628 fracking wells statewide. >> we don't know exactly how many liquid water is being used. we don't know the types of chemicals mixed in the water. you don't know any of that other than what may be told to you voluntarily. >> that's correct. >> we don't know how many wells. >> that's correct. >> sue cusack expects it to change as his office has begun the process of adopting new rules to regulate and monitor all fraking in the state. >> why hasn't that happened before now? >> the process takes some time. why hasn't it happened before now, quite simply there wasn't
the level of concern that there is now. >> reporter: regulators point out that despite little oversight, so far there have been no problems or proven environmental or health effects from fraking in california. >> you want to know how many there are exactly, when they are being fraked, what kind of solution they are using and what they are doing with the solution when they are done with it? at a minimum? >> at a minimum. it would have been better if we had done this 10, 20, 30 years ago. i can't go back and redo history. >> the oil and gas industry points out that fracking has been used safely in california for decades and supporters worry any regulation here could actually hurt jobs though efforts to oversee fracking did fail in the legislature this year, state regular litters say they are moving forward any way to adopt these new rules, holding semp public hearings around the state. regulators say they hope to shine a brighter light on a
practice they admit has remained in the dark here in california for far too long. >> thank you very much. if you have a tip for the investigative unit call us at 888-996-tips. you can send an e-mail to the unit at nbc bay area.com. we have lightning and thunder in st. louis. heat in the bay area and then things going across the sky. >> you name it. it has been out there when it comes to weather. the high temperatures today, well, they were up in the north bay with a new record here in santa rosa, 84. san francisco topping out at 84. will we be this warm tomorrow? looks like it. another bout of extreme temperatures. as we head in to thursday 95 livermore. that is a new record. santa rosa 95 and warm one in san francisco with 85. then an extreme dip in to next week with 60s and rainfall. we have a decent clip in the
temperatures in the north bay right now with 50s in santa rosa. in the south bay the fire ball streaked across the sky. . more on that coming up. take you outside to our live hd sky camera. in san jose, we don't have any shooting stars in this view but traffic seems to be moving nicely at this hour. in san francisco, shaking a bit. we are dealing with dry winds from the north and the west. eventually we will get some cooler winds in here the next couple of days. what we need to have happen is the jet stream to drop toe the south. we think we will see that the next 48 hours and it will weaken the area of high pressure that's been producing heat the past two days. one more hot day to get through as we head throughout thursday. mix of 70s and 80s near the coastline. as we head to friday, a cooling breeze is back on in here and temperatures should be dropping accordingly. as for tonight, we will look at
48 santa rosa. 51 san rafeal and how about the fire ball until the sky, if you are just tuning in and happened to see that it was a meteor, not from the meteor shower we will she upcoming but it was huge. traveling at over 100,000 miles an hour. some 3,000 plus degrees and the moon at 10% visible helped everyone to see that here across the bay area. as we head throughout the next three days, we will be in view of the orionid meteor shower. best viewing midnight to the early-morning hours today through tomorrow. you want to look southwest in the sky to see potentially some shooting stars. as for thursday, 90s in the south bay. 90 in sunnyvale. for the east bay, one of the hottest low to mid-90s. in san francisco, we will have 80s for you with mid-90s in santa rosa. three-day forecast, temperatures dropping off as we head throughout saturday. then, yes, here's the rain.
as we head throughout monday, chance of showers and then by tuesday and wednesday we will get in on some accumulating rainfall coming our way. this looks like a storm that would bring rain from santa rosa down to san jose. that fire ball tonight wild. >> it got everyone talking. >> looks like we will have more looks at the fire ball, this meteor in the sky. plenty of astronomers are researching this as we speak in mountain view. back in a moment. ♪
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were left homeless. tomorrow morning, a reminder that it could happen again. the state-wide earthquake drill called shake out and 9 million people across the state are expected to participate. his fall from grace continues. lance armstrong is out as chairman of his cancer charity lives long. he said he wanted to spare any negative effects for his doping controversy. minutes after he made the announcement, nike, his biggest sponsor dropped him. citing seemingly insurmountable evidence that he doped. back in a moment. we will pick up the giants coverage from st. louis. ♪ just put a little bit of yourself ♪
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lineup and the storm blowing in and he didn't farewell against either tochlt game three. 6 1/2 hours to complete. for you we condensed it. bottom of the third, carpenter a two-run homer to right. bottom of the seventh, here's when the rain came. resulting in a long delay. top of the ninth, two outs. sandoval flies to center. giants lose 3-1. the cards lead 2-1. >> reporter: it was a long night for the san francisco giants for a variety of reasons. of course, there was a 3:28 rain delay and of bigger importance and concern is how they struggled at the plate. >> we wanted to get it done and try to win today. we are ready to the play. you know, rain delays are going to happen but it is just a matter of having mental
toughness. >> we were going at it like a regular game and if weather came it came and ended up coming in the seventh inning. >> tim linthicum is a relief pitcher no longer. he will start game four with barry zito in game five. nbc bay area news. by the way, the alcs game was postponed because of rain. get this, after being pulled in the eighth inning, alex roddedry gez flirted with a woman in game one. witnesses saw a-rod scribble a note on a baseball asking her to write her phone number on it. she is an australian swimsuit model. by the way, jessica, this is yours. i have been trying to give it to you but raj keeps opening your mail send aing the ball back to me. give this ball to jessica,
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